Exhibit highlights aspects of the law in ‘the Most Serene Republic’

The Venetian Republic, a prosperous and powerful state in Renaissance Europe, cultivated a mythical image of stability, liberty, and beauty. This image-making is celebrated in a new Yale Law Library exhibition, “Representing the Law in the Most Serene Republic: Images of Authority from Renaissance Venice,” on view through Dec. 15.

Drawing primarily on the outstanding collection of Italian law books in the Yale Law Library’s Rare Book Collection, the exhibition features 25 objects of historical significance. These include illuminated manuscripts, illustrated books, prints, drawings, coins, and medals, eight of which are on loan from the Yale University Art Gallery and three reproduced from a Renaissance album of watercolors in the Beinecke Library.